Humane Leadership Faculty
You'll recognize our dedicated and supportive faculty. And why wouldn't you? They are a lot like you. Whether in their own practices or in their work at Duquesne, they put their love of-and commitment to-animals to work every day to help prepare those who will join them in their work.
To give you a range of information and viewpoints, faculty are drawn from the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, and the ranks of professionals in the animal care and protection field. This unique blend brings a diversity of practical and theoretical knowledge to the classroom. And it assures that you are learning from professionals who share your passion for animal care and welfare. Meet some of our humane leadership faculty.
Didi Culp, MA, Team Leader for the Humane Leadership Major
Didi brings significant expertise to the program. Her experience includes serving as a shelter manager, veterinary technician, animal control officer, and stable manager. She is the former director of education for the Humane Society of the United States. She currently operates Pethelp.net with a mission of “helping pet owners keep and enjoy the animals they live with.” Didi has authored a number of articles and delivered many presentations related to the animal care field. Didi holds a bachelor's degree in animal management and a master's degree in psychology.
BJ Altschul, APR
BJ has extensive experience as a public relations counselor and educator in state government, higher education, nonprofit, science and business sectors. Her work experience includes the Montgomery County Humane Society, American University and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She has authored numerous articles for publications including Animail and the New Parent Guide for pet adopters. She holds a master of arts in public relations management from the University of Maryland.
Wendy Blount, DVM
Dr. Blount currently operates her own small animal veterinary practice in Texas. Her experience includes serving as veterinary associate at an animal hospital, medical director for a spay/neuter clinic, and as an instructor. Dr. Blount offers both traditional and nutritional/natural therapies depending on pet owner preference. She is the recipient of several awards including the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice clinical referral and consultation award for contributions by providing consultation advice and referral services to veterinarians in the State of Texas. Dr. Blount holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A and M University.
Matt is a consultant and project manager with more than 25 years as a nonprofit executive and board member. His expertise includes organizational capacity building, short and long-range planning, fundraising and board development. His prior experience includes serving as Director of Administration for the Pittsburgh Opera, Executive Director of Young Audiences of Eastern PA, and an early career as an operatic and concert baritone. Undergraduate and graduate work in Boston includes Boston University, Emerson College, and Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
Jennifer is a forensic specialist with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Forensic Services Division in Maryland. She also has experience as a code enforcement inspector and instructor. She holds a master of science in animal physiology and a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Clemson University and is currently earning a master of science in forensic science.
Edward Grefe, Adjunct Instructor
Ed Grefe teaches people how to organize communities. Over a 40-year period, he has been involved in over 300 political campaigns as a political consultant and activist. Ed’s expertise has evolved from his unique set of experiences in journalism (The Washington Post and The Baltimore New American), public relations, marketing, fund raising, and political campaign management in over 30 candidate campaigns, and over 300 issue campaigns at the city, county, state level, and Federal level; and, as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill to two Members of Congress. His campaign experience includes several in foreign countries. Among animal rights activists, Ed is well respected for demonstrating how to build campaign plans for change.